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Transform Rockford to Host Community-Wide Holiday Book Drive, November 19 – December 7

Transform Rockford, a local organization with a mission to transform the community from within and become “Top 25 by 2025,” is pleased to announce it is teaming up with local organizations and hosting its first annual community-wide holiday book drive, November 19 – December 7. The goal of the drive is to bridge the Christmas break reading gap by putting books in the hands of young students and to encourage residents that children, as early as infants, should have access to books.

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Local Organizations Announce Partnership with Erikson Institute to Take a Community-Wide, Neighborhood-Level Approach to Achieve Readiness For All

At a news conference today, the three organizations announced a partnership with Erikson Institute, a premier early childhood development program that takes a holistic, population-based, measured approach to assess the readiness of kindergarteners in five developmental domains. Rockford is the largest community Erikson Institute will work with in the state.

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Rockford Listed as One of the “15 Best Places to Move to in the U.S.” by Prominent Consumer Magazine

According to prominent consumer magazine Reader’s Digest, Rockford has been recognized as one of the “15 best places to move to in the U.S.” The recently published article highlights small cities and big towns across the United States that are flying under the radar and touts these places as “the perfect destinations to set-up house and put down roots.”

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Transform Rockford Welcomes New Steering Committee Members

Transform Rockford is pleased to announce the election of two new members to its Steering Committee. The newly elected members are Benjamin Bernsten and Daniel G. Saavedra.

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Transform Rockford Introduces New Team

Transform Rockford is excited to announce it has a new team in place to help Rockford get on path to becoming a Top 25 community. The team is comprised of local residents who grew up, live in the area and are committed to making positive changes to the region.

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Transform Rockford 815 Choose Civility Team to Host Second Annual Summit for High School Juniors and Seniors

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The second annual 815 Choose Civility Summit will be held on Tuesday, October 2 from 12 – 2:30 PM at The Nordlof Auditorium, 118 North Main Street, Rockford. The Summit targets high school juniors and senior leaders and influencers who reside in the 815 area who are committed to making impactful change in their respective

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Second Annual Day of Compassion Event to be Held September 29

One Body Collaboratives, in partnership with Transform Rockford, is excited to announce it is hosting its second annual Day of Compassion Event on Saturday, September 29 from 9:30 – 11:30 AM at Trinity Learning Center (TLC), located at 207 North First Street, Rockford.

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New support tools for neighborhoods

The Great Neighborhoods project engages neighborhoods to focus on the assets that they have and to begin mapping them. Every neighborhood has attributes that make it a Great Neighborhood; things that make it great, unique, and desirable. Every neighborhood also has some challenges. We want to help recognize the good, and help you work with

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Grade Level Reading – Read 815 Challenge

Grade Level Reading – Read 815 Challenge Winnebago County Chairman Haney and City of Rockford Mayor McNamara hosted a press conference on Tuesday, July 10 to launch the Read 815 Community Campaign Kick-off. Reading proficiency, especially for 3rd graders, can show indicators for future student success. At a recent community forum facilitated by Tamarack Institute,

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Culture of Collective Impact & 3rd Grade Reading

Last fall, the Collective Impact Project team hosted the first of a series of workshops to help our community identify to apply the collective impact approach to a complex social issue.  The team partnered with Tamarack Institute to facilitate the process and help build local capacity.  Five priority areas were considered:  poverty reduction, employment &

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